Infographic: When Reagan, the GOP, and Democrats Doubled the Gas Tax

Something to keep in mind while the House GOP leadership toys with the idea of sending national transportation policy back to the 1950s…

  • You mean back in the 50s when public transportation was utilized by the middle class and the poor alike?  When cars were a bit of a luxury?  When government was small and the budgets were balanced?

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